Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Sept.].
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The events are self-evident; the messenger's report is plain to see. Twofold is our distress—double disaster 850of kindred murder, this double suffering has come to fulfillment. What shall I say? What else indeed than that sorrow born of sorrows surround this house's hearth?

But sail upon the wind of lamentation, my friends, 855and about your head row with your hands' rapid stroke in conveyance of the dead, [Note] that stroke which always causes the sacred slack-sailed, black-clothed ship to pass over Acheron to the unseen land where Apollo does not walk, 860the sunless land that receives all men.

But here come Antigone and Ismene to do their bitter duty, the dirge over their brothers both. With all sincerity, I think, will they 865pour forth their fitting grief from their lovely, deep-bosomed breasts. But it is right for us, before their singing, to cry out the awful hymn of the Erinys and thereafter 870sing the hated victory song of Hades.

Ah, sisters most unfortunate in your kin of all women who clasp their girdle about their robes, I weep, I groan, and there is no feigning in the shrill cries that come straight from my heart.



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